Cal Fireman Moved to New Hospital

Bartal's family said they are looking stories like Bryan Stow and Gabriel Giffords for inspiration.

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    A Cal Fire firefighter who was intentionally run down by a car in  San Francisco early Thanksgiving morning remains in critical condition and  has been moved to a new hospital.

    Albert Bartal, 29, suffered life-threatening injuries when he was  hit by a black Mazda CX-7 near Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue around 3:45  a.m. on Nov. 24, police said.

    Investigators believe the attack occurred after an altercation  between Bartal and Eduardo Esquivel, 22, at a Jack in the Box restaurant at  Geary Boulevard and 11th Avenue, according to police.

    Esquivel was arrested Nov. 29 at a home in South San Francisco and  has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges. He is being  held in jail on $5 million bail.

    Esquivel's girlfriend, Alyssa Tejada, 22, was arrested Monday and  has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to the crime after the fact for  allegedly keeping the Mazda from police and planning to have it taken to a  body shop to be repaired.

    Tejada eventually turned the car over to San Francisco police last Thursday in the city's Hunters Point neighborhood.

    Bartal, who has worked for the past five years as a seasonal  firefighter at Cal Fire's Saratoga Summit Fire Station in Santa Cruz County  and is a Marine who served in the Iraq war, had been receiving treatment at  San Francisco General Hospital.
     
    However, on Wednesday evening, he was transferred from that  hospital to an undisclosed facility, San Francisco General officials said.
     
    Police have set up a relief fund for Bartal, who has a 4-year-old  child.

    People can make donations to account No. 1379608 at the San  Francisco Police Credit Union at 2550 Irving St., San Francisco CA 94122.

    Bay City News